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Ibrahima Konate sends transfer message to Arne Slot as Liverpool defender addresses PSG links

Ibrahima Konate has emerged as a possible target for PSG this summer
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Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate insists he has no plans to leave Anfield this summer amid reported interest from PSG. Konate didn't feature in Liverpool's final four matches after a poor display in the Merseyside derby defeat to Everton.

The France international lost his place to Jarell Quansah and must now win over new boss Arne Slot. He has two years remaining on his contract but L'Equipe insists there has been no agreement in talks over an extension.

And that has alerted PSG with Konate's representatives reportedly aware of interest from the Ligue 1 champions. Konate is with the French national side ahead of the European Championships and was asked about a potential return to Paris this summer

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He told RMC Sport: "I'm happy at Liverpool so my head is there. I don't even think about it. I am focused on the pitch and the Euros this summer.

"It's a bit logical because I was born in France and in Paris. I have six older brothers and they all support PSG. We watched a lot of matches together and I went to the stadium a lot when I was younger.

"There is a little story with PSG but I made my own. I played at Sochaux, then Leipzig before Liverpool. I am happy there and I am not paying too much attention."

Konate's admission comes amid reports Liverpool will look to add another defender this summer. Joel Matip has departed at the end of his contract, with Arne Slot currently having four center-halves at his disposal.

But the Daily Mail reports Slot wants to add a versatile left-sided option to his backline. It is claimed that Chelsea defender Levi Colwill still has admirers at Anfield after Liverpool's interest last summer.

Liverpool.com says: It seemed unlikely that Liverpool would sanction Konate's sale but he has a fight on to win back his place next season. Quansah ended Klopp's tenure as Virgil van Dijk's partner and will get a chance to impress new boss Slot. Konate has shown his credentials before and needs to get back to his best form.